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A Short Historical Sketch of Polk County's . Popular Summer Resort In
"The Land of the: Sky."
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The name "Saluda" takes one back
to the days of long ago, when the
Red Man wandered through these
mountains, pitching his wigwam m
sheltered places, hunting the bear and
wild turkey and fishing in; the moun
tain streams. But the happy, attrac
tive summer resort at the top of Sa
luda mountain did not come into ex
istence until years after, even cen
turies, after the Indians, for whom
South Carolinias suffering from their
intensely hot summers, came tried our
wonderful climate, and came again,
bringing more people with them.
Among early visitors were Rev. Mr.
McCullough, Bishop Howe, Dr. Ged
dings, of Augusta, Stephens Wirners,
Mr. Wm. Hinson, Dr. Goelet, the Al
drich family, Col D'Arcy Duncan and
Dr V. V. Moore.
Dr. Goelet decided to settle here
third. Mr. J. B. Cullipher is now the
genial postmaster, and the imposing,
brick postoffice is a great improve
mnt on the first office of not so, many
years "ago. ' ;
In 1893 the Misses Hernott, of
Charleston, S. C", built Melrose Inn,
still the largest summer hotel in the
town. Every season large' ' crowds,
many of them people of Charleston,
visit this hotel. In 1901 Mrs. J. K.
.A -. . .
it was named, had departed to their
Happy Hunting Grcfunds.
Many living in the town at this day
remember when its pretty v homes 'fcnd
lawns were silent woods, owned by
the Thompson's and the Paces', and
known localy, as Pace's Gap. Only
two houses stood In what is now the
corporate limits of Saluda, and the
surrounding country was .very sparse
One of the oldest inhabitants is Mr.
R. Pace, 83 years of age, a man
who has lived a long and useful life,
respected by all his neighbors. In his
boyhood days there were subscription
schools at Friendship church, Mace
donia and Mountain Page, which he
attended. He remembers how the
people did their trading at-Flat Rock,
Spartanburg, Greenville ancl Ashe
ville, traveling in wagons. ;
In 1878 came the railroad blazing
the way for the town that was to
come. The railroad was built by con
victs, 'in charge of Col. A. Tanner,
who was one of the most public spir
ited of the town's founders He had
a breakfast house at the top of the
grade, and a commissary to supply
his employees. Many still living re
member the great July 4, 1878, when
the first train came up the grade to
what is now Saluda An excursion
was run from Spartanburg, and the
people from the country came for
miles in vehicles, on horseback or on
foot, to celebrate the event. Until
the road was completed in 1880, stage
coaches carried passengers from the
head of the grade to Hendersonville
and Asheville, the drivers and horses
being boarded by Mr. R. W. Pace
The first store in the present town
was run by John Forrest, who built
the "baluda House ' for boardersH
then followed the "Mountain House,"
built by Col. Tanner and run by him
as a hotel as long as he lived. Thus
Saluda began as a summer resort and
Baby Hospital, Saluda, N. C.
permanently, and sobecam? the first
resident physician Before he came,
doctors at Hendersonville, were sent
for, and with pd telephones or auto
mobiles in those -days SaHida's health
ful climate was a blessing indeed.
Julia Goelet, a deaconess in the Epis
copal church, did much ' good work
among the mountain people.
The first church built was "the
Methodist. Mr. H. C. Tanner gave
the lot and was the largest contribu
tor to the building. The Baptist was
the second, Mr. R. W. Pace donating
the lot and . contributing. liberally.
The Episcopal people of the "place, un
der the leadership of Bishop Howe,
erected a church, and summer visitors
built the little Presbyterian i, church
which is open for services every sum
mer. . '
The town was incorporated in 1889,
to protect the schools and churches
from whiskey disturbances, and so is
now thirty years of age. The first
ravor was Col. A. Tanner.
During this same year the Saluda
Seminary was organized and building
erected-by the American Missionary
Association of the Congregational
church, located in New York. Miss
Prudens was founder of the school
and managed it for some time. Mr.
Rogers, a northern man, and Miss
Jane Hicks, of Lenoir, N. C, were the
first teachers. Many of the first pu
pils were so eager to attend school
that they did light housekeeping.
Others boarded at the Pace House.
After two years it was turned into a
boarding school. Principals of the
have been Miss Parsons, Mr. Hollis,
Miss Glass, Mr. Burrage, Miss Peck
and Mr: Stevens, under whose able
management it flourishes at present.
The first postoffice in the township
was at Mr. Berry Thompson's. Mr.
James Tanner being the first post
master. Mr. J. L Hart was the sec
ond postmaster, and Mr. Cannon the
Vvhen you want SHOES, make your
dollar have more cents by. buying the
Campbell, of Chester, S. C, purchased
a beautiful location and erected the
"Esseola'-', an ideal boarding house
for those .who like to get "far away
from the maddening crowd" -of city
life. The Charles Hotel was built n
1902 by Mr. Estes, former mayor of
Augusta, Ga. The village has grown
each year, more houses being j built
each season, and there is an ever in
creasing demand for cottages.
After the death of Dr. - Goelet, in
1908, Dr. E. M.'Salley, of Orangeburg
S. C.,' moved to Saluda, and has suc
cessfully practiced medicine ever
since. The population has increased
so that there are now two resident
physicians, and in the summer a Baby
Hospital is conducted by Dr. Smith, of
Saluda has a permanent population
of 00, and a summer population of
3000 or 4000. Electric lights and wa
terworks have been installed. There
are good stores, meat markets, two
banks, a public library and social hall,
tennis courts, movies, and other at
tractions. With her delightful, climate, pic
turesque walks, magnificent views
and wonderful waterfalls, Saluda has
drawn many people here during past
summers, and' now that the great
Green-"River dam and lake will soon
be completed, the town should be an
ideal place for young people, as well
as for the women and childreu who
have already found out its oenefits.
Some years ago a prominent citizen
offered the following welcome to Sa
luda's visiting friends, and it still will
ever hold good.
"Come in the evening;
And come in the morning,
Come when you are looked for
And come without warning;
Come when you will,
There's a welcome before you,
And the longer you stay
The more we'll adore you."
The Fair This Year Will Be the Big
gest Event of the Entire Year.
: Premium List Shows Liberal Ap
propriations on Almost Everything
Grown or Made in Polk County.
The Polk County Fair Association
is arranging for the Fair which will
take place at Golumbus, on October 8
9 and 10. The premium list has been
compiled, and -will soon be in the
hands of the printer.
In the "meantime, however, it be
hooves everybody intending to enter
. anything1 to begin planning now.
Take extra pains and select only the
best and finest of everything and take
- it to the Fair.
-"'There is some advance information
that may be worth while to give out,
as the North Carolina State Board of
Agriculture is a ioint. nartner n our
Fair, and has made certain rules and
. regulations which we are compelled
to abide bv
dom 19 flltnrlol info fViT--ir A i Taya-ry f
classifications,; and you can enter in
either one or all three. One class re
quires ten ears accompanied bv stalk
with ears attached: another for best
ten ears; another, for the best single
Cotton exhibit, one stalk with open
bolls attached. .
Cowpeas, for best peck. -Hav,
for the best bale, to weigh not
,less than 50 pounds of pea, red clover,
v mixed grasses, mixed grasses and le
gumes, orchard grass, corn stover, oat
'straw and oat nay. County Agent
J Sams will tell you in these columns
. fhow to make a hay baler at very lit
. V Oats for the best peck of oats, ac
companied by sheaf measuring 15
inches in circumference, and no prem
ium will be awarded unless the sheaf
accompanies the oats.
' Rye, same regulations that govern
Wheat : same rules governing oats
. and rye.
Peanuts, best peck.
; 'Soybeans and velvet . beans, Test
- peck of each.
Apples for best plate.
, c,Grapes' best Pte ' of bunch ! or
- ' scuopernong. .
Pears. 'Ivvoti niofa . -
vanned - Fruits an A ; Vw.4-Vll. . : n
.canned fruits must -be in quart jars;
canned vegetables must be in pint
Jams, must be in auart iars: iellies
in glass, of any size.
Preserves and Pickles must be in
Liberal nremiums will be awarded
on Ladies' Handiwork; plain -sewings
ana nana weaving; hand knitting;
wood and basket weaving; curios and
relics; minerals, quarry and iorest
products. " " f
Special attention will be given this
year to secure a good exhibit of live
stock and'poultry. .
Everything is being done that can
be done to make the Fair a success.
The officers and directors will do all
in their power, but they cannot do all
of it. The success or failure of the
Fair is in the hands of the" people-flf
roiic county, we have no fear of the
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Melrose Falls, behccea Tryon andSalula
They are all leather and honestly built, and the best value
for the money. . . . ' &
Also remember us for your Dry Goods, Groceries, Feed,
Fresh and Salt Meats, Farm Implements, etc. .Complete stock,
and liye and let live prices. '
Highest price paid for country produce-either cash or trade.
SALUDA, N. G.
Why put inferior parts in your car when you know
oualaw parts do not fit, neither do they last. So
come to our Garage to insure the best of everything
... .Best suriidl (Better SeirvSce
" IroDfl One o1F- accessories
Ajax Tires, a guarantee of 5,000 miles,
GoodyeasTires,Goodrich Tires,' and the
celebrated har d built Haner Tires.
on the marliet at 30c per gal.
We want every car owner in the county to visit our
Garage and feel at home.